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Technical Officer

Technical Officer

  • 496656
  • Science and Technology

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  • Temporary full-time 12 months role
  • Located at the NATA accredited Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), Menangle, Sydney
  • Salary: The salary range for this position is $66,298 – $102,403 pa plus superannuation (dependent on qualifications, skills & experience)


The Biosecurity & Food Safety team of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is looking for a Technical Officer to be part of the Sheep Ectoparasite Insecticide Resistance laboratory working with the Australian Sheep Blowfly, Lucilia cuprina.


What You’ll Do:

  • Undertake various assigned laboratory tasks including:
    • Working within an environment that includes decomposing organics and potentially offensive odours which are necessary for  the successful culture of maggots and blowflies.
    • Field trials which will include travel and sheep handling.
    • Undertaking routine culture tasks, cleaning laboratory equipment, washing insect culture material & keeping the insectary clean & tidy;
    • Working independently, performing bioassays to produce strain specific data, ability  to meet  milestones and liaise with stakeholders;
    • Ensuring laboratory safety and relevant testing protocols are maintained and followed 


About the Project:

Lucilia cuprina, the Australian Sheep Blowfly, is responsible for the majority of flystrike which occur on sheep in Australia. Insecticides are used to prevent or control existing flystrike. This external parasite of sheep has developed resistance to a number of insecticide groups. An alternative to the chemical control of this parasite is being investigated. Laboratory and pen trials have been completed and field trials are planned for 2022. In addition, the insecticide resistance profiles of populations of flies from across Australia are determined. Sheep producers submit maggot samples which are reared and tested via bioassay to determine the insecticide resistance profile of the population which is conveyed back to the submitter.


What You’ll Have:

  • a degree in biological/agricultural science, TAFE Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (or equivalent) in accordance with the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • NSW Drivers License for field travel and the capacity to attend work at the EMAI site without reliance on public transport


What You’ll Need to be Successful and Enjoy This Role:

  • experience culturing and working with insects
  • ability to work successfully within a potentially confronting & malodourous environment (both odour based and organics)
  • proven reliability & the ability to work extended hours as required
  • capacity to undertake tasks at a visually close range combined with a high level of manual dexterity.
  • a gift for working independently, as well as in a team environment
  • familiarity with computerised record management systems, word processing and spreadsheet software
  • a demonstrable understanding of Laboratory quality assurance
  • a high work standard and pride in your work


Applying is easy!

Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in touch after the closing date.


Closing Date: 11:55pm Sunday 6th February 2022 (note closing date extended)


For more information please contact Narelle Sales on  (02) 46406446 or

You can view the full role description here


 A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. 


Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine


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